Exposé Online banner

Psicotropia — Grog
(Luna Negra CDLN-32, 2007, CD+DVD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01

Grog Cover art

A few years back this young Spanish trio left its mark on the audience in Mexicali, proving themselves to be competent purveyors of free-wheeling high-energy jamming and tightly composed math-rock. With their newest release, Grog, they’ve concentrated more on the latter, upping the ante, dishing it up even heavier and with more intensity and complexity than their eponymous debut ever hinted at. Winding through clever labyrinths of irregular time change at more-or-less breakneck speed, occasionally slowing it down to a grungy thrash while guitarist Pablo Tato delivers a bit of the occasional vocal content. Their skill is impressive, both as writers and players, and they mix things up enough to keep it interesting across the album’s eight tracks. A listener might be lost in a complex odd-meter groove with a slapping funky bass riff when everything suddenly changes to a brutally intense rock riff with an absolutely insane guitar solo. The rhythm section of Juan Llull (drums) and bassist Jaime Mariscal are beyond tight, yet not so wound up to be incapable of stretching out and having some fun. The five song DVD shows just how spirited these guys are in a live setting. Fans of bands like Don Caballero or recent King Crimson endeavors would do well to check this band out.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Psicotropia

Latest news

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Nautilus - What Colours the Sky in Your World? – Nautilus is a UK quartet of guitars, keyboards, drums, and bass. They play excellent instrumental music that is a melodic version of mid-period King Crimson, if you know what I mean. King Crimson can...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues